Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(set/pick up) the (pace/speed)

set the pacepick up the pacepick up the speed
Meaning(s)
1) set/increase the speed or standard of sth, increase productivity
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • pick up the pace of work/production
  • Analysis

    When you ‘set the pace’ you are responsible for maintaining a speed of movement or productivity for others to keep up with during a race or in an activity. If you need to ‘pick up the pace’ or ‘pick up speed’ you need to increase your rate of productivity or movement. When you ‘pick up speed’ it can also mean to gain momentum in a vehicle or on a bicycle for example due to the terrain you are travelling on or due to being on a slope or the direction of the wind. You will often hear these expressions used to talk about sports or racing as well as in a professional or manufacturing context.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Come on, guys...you're walking too slowly! We have to pick up the pace if we want to make it home by sunset.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Okay, everybody,we need to pick up the pace. This order is due out on Friday and we still have so much left to do!
    2. They've really picked up the pace of manufacturing. Productivity is through the roof!
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. With their innovative products and stylish designs, the company have been setting the pace in the industry for the past decade. 
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